The music of east coast groove merchants SIXTY-FIVE has drawn favorable comparisons to the jazz-tinged and funk-laden stylings of such notable groups as Steely Dan and Phish, while incorporating the earnest songwriting and erstwhile etherealness of artists like Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. However, their one-of-a-kind sound and only be described as groundbreaking, and must be heard to be believed.
SIXTY-FIVE was born during the final months of 1999 in the infamous New York City borough of Queens, as a bouncing baby band originally named 'Zaka Tenango'. Axe-slinger Mike Bloom and ivory-tinkler Matt Iselin had recruited bottom-end-thumper Jon Chazen during their school daze in Buffalo, NY, and upon engaging the talents of big apple percussion guru Rubin Nizri, had rounded out the clan of clods necessary to deliver their musical goods. By paying their dues on the stages of some of NYC's most popular live venues (The Elbow Room, Kenny's Castaways, The Cutting Room, etc.), 'Zaka Tenango' built a strong and faithful following, and their hard work culminated in a deal with GAS CAN RECORDS to release their self-titled debut CD, under the group's new moniker. The album's eleven tracks serve to exhibit the band's unique and versatile sound. From the infectious thump of "Poised to Strip You Down" to the relentless darkfunk of "London Bridge" and "Alamo", to the solemn splendor of "Super 8" and "Ledgemonster", SIXTY-FIVE has fashioned an utterly original collection of outstanding and memorable new tunes.
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